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Going for the best shot

If you are planning to get a DSLR, read on for the good deals at the show.
The Straits Times - August 30, 2012
By: Mike Lee
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Going for the best shot -- ST FILE PHOTO

Canon EOS 650D

$1,149 (body only) to $1,699 (with EF S18-135 IS STM lens), freebies include an 8GB SD card, EOS bag and Better Images EOS booklet. Register for the warranty online and get a Five Million Dollar Home Crumpler Bag. Purchase-with-purchase deals: EF 50 f1.4 USM lens at $549, EF 100 f2.8 USM lens at $799, and Speedlite 270EX at $139.

Booth 8101A

The Canon EOS 650D is the world's first DSLR to feature a touchscreen - and a vari-angle that swivels for easy photo composition.

Focusing is precise with a new nine-point all cross-type autofocus backed by a new Hybrid CMOS AF System. What this means is that autofocus speeds are dramatically increased while focusing on live view and in-movie shooting modes. Continuous autofocus is even possible while recording videos.

This DSLR has an 18-megapixel sensor, five frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting and captures 1,080p movies with internal and external stereo microphones.

Nikon D3200

$1,099 with AF-S 18-55mm lens, $1,349 with AF-S 18-105mm lens, freebies include a card reader, an 8GB SD card, rainproof camera bag, tripod and a Supreme cleaning kit

This recent entry-level DSLR release from Nikon uses the newly developed Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor and Expeed 3 image-processing engine, delivering 24.2-megapixel images with ISO sensitivity range from ISO100 to 6,400.

Its enhanced Guide mode makes the set-up process and shooting of various photographic scenarios user friendly. There are also six scene modes to fall back on.

With an optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adaptor, the D3200 can transmit images wirelessly to an Android device (iOS device support is upcoming); the mobile device can also be used to trigger shots.


Olympus Pen E-PM1 (single lens kit)

$558 (usual $868), freebies worth $249, including an 8GB SD card, Pen camera case, screen protector, Pen Workshop and three-month local extended warranty.

Booth 8205

The first of the Pen mini series, the E-PM1 is the most compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera from Olympus to date. The body measures just 109.5 x 63.7 x 34.0mm, and weighs only 217g.

The 12.3-megapixel shooter boasts six art filters that adds a creative touch to photographs; built-in image stabilisation means blur, due to shaky hands, are minimised.

The Live Guide screen interface makes it easy and intuitive to adjust settings like brightness, colour balance and background focusing, among others.

Samsung NX20


Booths 8328, 8130 and 8161

The flagship among Samsung's latest trio of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the NX20 delivers an impressive 1/8,000 top shutter speed. Its clear 3.0-inch Amoled display maintains visibility under daylight and swivels to capture difficult angles. Images are captured on a 20.3-megapixel sensor that is developed in-house by Samsung.

Built-in Wi-Fi lets the user instantly share photos with friends through social networking sites, as well as save the photos to the cloud. Expect full compatibility with the NX series i-Function system with a range of nine lenses and professional standard accessories.

Sony SLT-A57 with SAL1855 lens

$1,249, freebies include an NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, carrying bag, SF-8N4 8GB memory card and DSLR-Lens Guidebook 2012

Booths 3005 and 8210

Thanks to its Translucent Mirror Technology, which directs incoming light to both the image and autofocus sensors at the same time, this DSLR can machine-gun up to 10fps at full 16.1-megapixel resolution.

Continuous autofocus is possible during video recording, which goes up to 60fps at full 1,080p high-definition. Light sensitivity is ISO 100 to 16,000. Amazingly, this shooter can even recrop people photos to yield a composition based on the rule-of-thirds, detecting the subject's face and eyes in the process.

Mike Lee is a freelance writer and photographer


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